Disney Postcards from USA

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Disney Postcards from USA

Today I received my first ever poscrossing postcard that had travelled from West Coast of the US, 10 000km away from me. Elizabeth sent me a beautifully decorated envelope containing 6 postcards with the Disney theme and also containing a birthday card as my birthday is coming soon. It’s a very promising beginning.

This is Elizabeth’s message:

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Stamps

Romance postage stamps feature Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a Harry Potter stamp ( totally hit me up for one) and a postage stamp with an illustration of actor Gary Cooper (1901-1961). Cooper was perhaps best known for his roles in Westerns, though he also appeared in many non-Western dramas, as well as romantic comedies.

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Postcrossing7 Disney Stamps: “Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket exemplify a mentoring relationship”“Mufasa and Simba show the powerful bond between parent and child.” ; ” Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck as the perfect fun-loving group.”; “Ariel, a little mermaid, longs to enjoy life on land, but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying music with Flounder and her other undersea friends.”; “A very merry tea party hosted by the Mad Hatter gives Alice a chance to catch up on all the news in Wonderland”; Minnie kissing Mickey Stamp; “Mickey Mouse and his faithful dog Pluto are experts when it comes to sharing cake and having good times.”

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This postcard was done by an illustrator and designer Shag, aka Josh Agle who lives in Southern California. His illustrations are very recognizable and memorable, filled with humor and vivid colors. The illustration on this postcard was made for the 40th celebration of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park in 2009.  It’s called “The Eerie Ensemble”. 

The Eerie Ensemble SHAG

“The Eerie Ensemble” original artwork by SHAG

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The next postcard is the picture of Woody, the main character in Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ series. It was done by an American painter, singer and composer Bud Luckey who is most famous for his work of ‘Toy Story’.

Toy Story by Bud Luckey

Toy Story concept art by Bud Luckey

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I am especially fond of this postcard with a famous photograph of Walt Disney himself, then young and taken in 1932 with him surrounded by Mickey Mouse plush toys.

Walt Disney with a collection of Charlotte Clark Mickey Mouse dolls

Walt Disney with a collection of Charlotte Clark Mickey Mouse dolls.

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Then we have Mickey Mouse from ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ segment in the landmark 1940 film ‘Fantasia’.

As Mickey gleefully wields his newfound powers, we share his exuberance.

What could be better than commanding the galaxies?

Things soon get out of control, but the spunky little fellow still shows us the magic in reaching for your dreams

 Mickey Mouse as ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

Mickey Mouse as ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

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And the last picture is of joyous Minnie ….

Minnie Mouse

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….and a photograph from Disneyland.

A trio of unlucky Pirates of the Caribbean try to tempt this shaggy dog

to let them out of their cell so they can join their marauding mates

Disneyland: Contrary Canine

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Postcrossing- Girl with a Guitar

PostcrossingGirl with a Guitar Collection SBM

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Postcrossing- Girl with a Guitar

Mrs. Naoko from Taiwan likes postcards with musical instruments. I think she’ll like this girl with a guitar. The postcard was written by a schoolgirl to her sister all the way back in 1921. On the back of the card is a stamp of the country that was then called Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. I tried to find on the internet the history of the firm that printed these postcards and, with the help of a magnifying glass, I found the letters SBM on the logo, beneath which can clearly be seen the number of the postcard and its collection, but I haven’t been able to find anything, except the similar postcards with the same letters on different auction websites where they are exchanged by collectionners.

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Russian New Year Postcard SBM Collection
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From the same collection I got the postcard for the Russian Tosja. This time the postcard is written for New Year from the same period, in 1920. It was sent by a boy to his uncle where he wished him a happy New Year.
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Colour by baron Studios,
Published by John Hinde Ltd, Printed in Ireland
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The third postcard is going to Germany to a lady who likes the motif of regal families. This unwritten postcard has a picture of Queen Elizabeth in an exquisite dress, it was printed in Ireland by a company John Hindle and founded by the eponymous man during the middle of the century and it still exists.
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Also, in addition to that, each of these three ladies is going to get another postcard. One is a picture of Titian’s Flora, another is a postcard printed by ILO and the third one is also printed by ILO in West Germany during the middle of the century. The last two are illustrations.
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Postcrossing: Ross Postcard – Mady Christians

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Ross Postcard – Mady Christians

Today I sent my first postcrossing postcard. I sent it to one gentleman from Finland who likes pinup girls and film actresses from the 20s to the 50s. I’ve bought the postcards which are collectible items from an auctionary website.

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Ross  Verlag 1737/1 Actor/Actress Postcard – Mady Christians

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Ross Verlag logo first appeared in the early 1920’s. On the front of the card were the words: Verlag “Ross” Berlin SW68. Verlag is the German word for publishing company. SW stands for Southwest and 68 is an area code in that region of Berlin.

The card numbers of a specific series would be of one particular actress or group of actors or a film (for example, 1028/1, 1028/2, 1028/3 and 1028/4 all show actress Lya de Putti. Usually a set of cards of one or more actors would be from the same film (although not always) or photographer. Some of the film scene cards go as high as 20 cards to a series, but generally each series had far fewer cards. The majority of the cards probably had only one card to a series, especially in the later years.

The actress on the postcard is Mady Christians (1892-1951) was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the US, she started out as a stage actress, but soon found new challenges in the world of cinema. Her first film was at the tender age of 16 when she appeared in Audrey (1916). She remained in German films for the next 26 years before coming to the US and starring in The Only Girl (1934). Mady left the film industry in 1948 after finishing All My Sons (1948).

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 The second postcard was printed in England, from the Santoro Company. It travelled from America to Serbia in 2005. It served as a humorous daughter’s birthday card to her father.

 

*This is where I share all the postcards I sent and received thanks to my new addiction: POSTCROSSING! If you’d like to send me a postcard, just e-mail me to exchange addresses – I’ll send you one card in return!

I would like to receive postcards specifically relating to:

– Films and classic actors (Bette Davis, Cary Grant etc.)
– Animation, Anime
– Disney
– Harry Potter

 

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